Author: Toni Kan
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Number of Pages: 166
Year of Publication: 2008
Nights of the Creaking Bed is full of colourful characters involved in affecting dramas: a girl who is rejected in love, because she has three brothers to look after; a middle aged housewife who finds love again but has an impossible decision to make; a young man who can't get the image of his naked, beautiful mother out of his mind; a child so poor he has to hawk onions on Christmas day - and many others. Some, initially full of hope, find their lives blighted by the cruelty of others, or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or by just not knowing the 'right' people.
Corruption, religious intolerance, gratuitous violence, the irresponsible attitudes of some men to their offspring and the importance of joy are some of the big themes that underlie this memorable collection.
A collection of 14 short stories on love, lust, corruption, death, sorrow etc. I absolutely enjoyed the Nigeiran setting, coupled with the Author's choice of words. I liked how some of the stories covered numerous themes and had some humour in them, in the presence of all that sorrow.
Some of my favourite stories out of the 14 were; the devil's overtime, Buzz, the phone call goodnight and the car they borrowed.
I liked the stories, but some of them were too rawly or rather explicitly written (my opinion)
All in all, it was a nice read that got me shocked, sad, angry and laughing all at the same time .
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My Rating: 4| 4.5 Stars
Number of Pages: 370 pages
Year of Publication: 2006
Fourteen year old Matilda Lamptey's life changes forever when the suave and sophisticated Gold Coat lawyer Robert Bannerman decides to take her as his second wife. With her childhood snatched away, Matilda finds herself trapped in a jealous household, and finds herself constantly out-manoeuvred by Julie, Bannerman's first-wife. At the same time, we follow the story of Audrey, the wife of the assistant to the Governor in the Colonial Office. Her life has also been turned around as she faces the tedium of daily life and the unbearable heat.
Cloth Girl is a lucid account of life in colonial West Africa, told through the eyes of two very different women. Marilyn Heward Mills' first novel is full of expressive prose and a compelling read.
"Mills' first novel is an assured study of Ghanaian life... She vivdly portrays both the black and white communities and mines considerable humour from those Africans who have their feet in both camps. Above all, in the character of Matilda.. she creates a richly sympathetic portrait of a young woman whose warmth and integrity win the reader's heart along with the hearts of all those around her"- Daily Express
"Mills offers, through Matilda's eyes, a rich celebration of the country... This unusual tale of colonial experience hits the spot."- Gaurdian
I really liked this book, because it gave me a vivid picture of how Ghana was in the colonial era. I seldom read Ghanian novels, so this setting was one that comprised a new culture, new names etc and I loved how the Author made me feel what Matilda was experiencing, she basically put me right in the story. I didn't want to finish the book, so I kept devouring it bit by bit, page by page, slowly taking my time to let the words sink in.
I think I had a love-hate relationship with Audrey, sometimes I understood her depression, but most times I felt she was spoilt and ungrateful, despite all the love Alan showered on her. And because of that I never really anticipated reading her chapters, I only looked forward to the chapthers on Matilda.
But of all, I loved how Mills took us through Matilda's journey from childhood to adulthood and how the book never ever made me bored or tired.
That said, in general the book was a lovely debut and I hope to read more books by Mills.
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